Fun Mountain

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City/Town: Mountain Home
Location Class: CommercialAmusement
Year Built: 1974
Year Abandoned: 1990's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEddy Sisson

old-fun-mountainMountain Home, Arkansas’ Fun Mountain was a favorite among locals for its unique atmosphere and attractions. Known for its water slides and outdoor ski-ball, Fun Mountain became a frequent weekend hot spot for entire families in the area. Despite its apparent popularity and several testimonials recalling fond memories of the place, Fun Mountain struggled financially since its inception.

In 1976, construction on the “Amusement Center” was spearheaded by Kenneth Martin, a man from Mountain Home with a dream of bringing an outdoor family amusement park to the small Arkansas town. While it was received very well by the locals, the area was just too small to support such an ambitious endeavor; as a result, Fun Mountain closed and reopened at least three times between 1976 and 1999.

FUN MOUNTAINToday the main building is burned down leaving few remnants of its history behind. Many of the attractions are still there, though they are mostly decrepit and run down. The water slides are filled mostly with a brown, swamp-like water and the roots of the surrounding trees are beginning to climb down the walls of the pools. Much of the outlying area has been raided and much of the remaining buildings are covered in graffiti.

Without any plans to demolish or renovate Fun Mountain, the only one with a season pass to this amusement park is mother nature.

Article written by Wells Thompson – AAR staff




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Tam
Tam
1 year ago

Is it for sale?

Heather
Heather
2 years ago

Never did get our paychecks when the owners skipped town.

Heidi
Heidi
2 years ago

Loved that place. Wish my kids had that now

Wes
Wes
Reply to  Heidi
2 years ago

Last time I was there was with you and the rest of our GAP X bunch!

Terry
Terry
2 years ago

Had one of the best water slides around!!

Cat
Cat
2 years ago

If memory serves, this is where a friend and I were asked either to stop playing bumper cars with our go-carts or leave

Jon
Jon
2 years ago

I had a blast here when I was a kid! I remember you could buy an arm band and ride whatever you wanted all day. I heard part of it burnt down years ago.

Misty
Misty
2 years ago

My older sister worked here and I got to spend a lot of time here durning my summers. I live a couple of miles from it now. I would love to be able to reopen it but I couldn’t imagine how much money and work that would take.

Paige
Paige
2 years ago

One of my first jobs was at Fun MTN

Marisa
Marisa
3 years ago

Drove by today had a for sale sign on it

fdrf
3 years ago
Jim
Jim
3 years ago

We stopped there a few times when we used to vacation in Mt. Home back in the 80s and 90s. I remember the water slide skinning up elbows and knees. Last time I was there me and my cousins rode the bigfoot power wheels.

Documentary Films
4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jack
Jack
4 years ago

HI

uk bags
4 years ago

nice post !

Annon
Annon
5 years ago

I owned property just east of tit about a 1/4 mile. I heard there was a lawsuit against the owners because of an injury. Don't know how it turned out. I do know there was a bad fire that destroyed most of it. Sad to see it go.

BIGC
BIGC
Reply to  Annon
2 years ago

are referring to Fun Mountain? Or, Dogpatch? This article is about Fun Mountain.

Leann Foreman
Leann Foreman
5 years ago

I loved fun mountain as a kid!! I actually found this trying to pull up pictures to show my kids….I wish someone would re open it mountain home is a lot bigger now then it was then I bet it would do really good now ..I thought it did back then too though. Either way it’s sad to see after all the memories I have there as a child with my parents and sibling.

Val
Val
5 years ago

It opened in the 1980s. My folks owned the Woodlawn Court Motel that was formerly on the property. They sold it to the Fun Mountain developers.

jesscapps
jesscapps
5 years ago

The days that the Water Whip and Fun Mountain closed (separately), were sad, sad days for Mountain Home children and the parents who dropped their kids off for a few hours of kid-free time.

adrian
adrian
5 years ago

I have great memories of fun mountain also. So sad. Any idea who is in the picture at the top of the article. Where did it come from?

Jacqui
Jacqui
5 years ago

What memories! I was one of the very first life guards hired for the park in 1986. We had some fun times! Sad it didn't make it.

lacheia
lacheia
Reply to  Jacqui
1 month ago

I’ve been looking into this for ages. Extremely interested in the history honestly.. the flooding of the “henderson village” and the disappearance of Fun Mountain…, If you see this (which I doubt) i would really love to ask you some things.. your post was 5 years ago tho.. goodness. I doubt ill ever be able to really get answers

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